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Guarding Yellowstone’s Grizzlies

Guardians is leading the fight to reinstate protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears. On June 30th, we notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that we will sue over its deeply flawed decision stripping grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Endangered Species Act protections. The Service’s decision prematurely removes vital federal safeguards from one of the nation’s most cherished species, undermining grizzly recovery in the contiguous U.S. and handing over the bears’ fate to Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho—each of which plans to permit grizzly trophy hunting.

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Justice Achieved for Imperiled Wildlife

In response to a Guardians’ lawsuit, a federal judge eviscerated the “McKittrick Policy,” holding “Congress placed the burden to know the identity of the wildlife species being killed on the killer.” The policy had crippled prosecutions of those who kill animals protected by the Endangered Species Act by requiring that the government prove killers knew what species they were killing. The decision means killers of imperiled animals like Mexican wolves can again be punished for their crimes.

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Zinke Recommends Shrinking Bears Ears

Interior Secretary Zinke has issued a recommendation to President Trump to significantly reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument. Despite overwhelming opposition to revoking or shrinking Bears Ears, Zinke claims the Bears Ears is illegal. It’s clear that under the Trump administration that industry profits will take clear priority over natural and cultural resource protection. Zinke’s final recommendations for Bears Ears will be issued on July 10, upon the completion of his review directed by Trump order.

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Groups Unite for Transparency Under Trump

Guardians and the Western Environmental Law Center stepped up our efforts to compel the Trump administration to publicly release government records concerning the killing of western wildlife and the oversight of fossil fuel companies. In a series of legal actions, we moved to require several agencies to release records we’re seeking under the Freedom of Information Act, including records on federal wildlife-killing program Wildlife Services and fossil fuel extraction on public lands.

Slider Photo credits: West Elk Mountains—Hogs555, Creative Commons, Wikipedia. sage grouse—Bridgeport, USFWS. bobcat—dollarphoto. Thumbprint photos: grizzly--Sam Parks, Mexican wolf—John Iwanski, Creative Commons, Flickr. Valley of the Gods, Bears Ears—BLM, Flickr. The White House—Lawrence Freytag iStock.

 

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